A.i.

A.i.

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A.i. stands for "artificial intelligence," a retro-futuristic concept now woven into the daily fabric of our lives. A.i., the band, is living that post-Space Age wet dream, commingling the analog and the digital, the organic and the synthetic, the muscle and the machine.

Biography

"Take a chance, live it up, rub it down, lick it up, fluff it good, play around I'm down!" cries out singer/guitarist Nick Young on "Hey Now!", the opening track on A.i.'s new album Sex & Robots (released September 2007 on A.i. Music, Inc.).

"A.i. is first and foremost a rock band," says drummer Zack Young, "but electronic drums and synthesizers are an integral part of our sound." Zack's setup consists of a traditional rock drumset mixed with electronic triggers which allow him to perform live. "We play everything in the moment without using sequencers or backing tracks. That's one of the things that has always made A.i. special."

A.i. stands for "artificial intelligence," a retro-futuristic concept now woven into the daily fabric of our lives. A.i., the band, is living that post-Space Age wet dream, commingling the analog and the digital, the organic and the synthetic, the muscle and the machine.

Rich Mouser, who worked with Chris Vrenna on A.i.'s first album Artificial Intelligence, co-produced, engineered and mixed Sex & Robots at his studio, the Mouse House [Altadena, Calif.]. "Rich has equipment dating back to the 60s and totally cutting-edge stuff we didn't have when we recorded our first album. He's got timpani's and 80s drum machines," Zack continues. Nick relates: "I recently had this dream that Rich was at the mixing board and all the knobs had turned into Silly Putty, and he was shaping our sound." Those sounds inspired much of their songwriting.

A.i.'s penchant for experimentation ran rampant in the studio. Nick ventures: "Rock n' roll is about taking chances and experimentation has always been critical to our songwriting. But with this record, the experimentation was in service of the songs." Indeed, Sex & Robots electro-rock tracks like "Hey Now!," "Tell Me U Luv Me," "Don't Run", "Far Away" and "Kiss the Sky" are first-listen-sing-along catchy.

"We live for that transcendent moment of connecting with our audience," says Nick.

Lyrics

Hey Now!

Written By: Nick Young

She got the hunger 4 love
And she can never ever get enough
And with her long legs, high heels
She really make u wanna cop a feel
Oh mama, tell me now, tell me now
If I can love u pretty girl
Take your time, speed it up
I wanna lil time 2 ride u
I can do the dirty things u want me 2
If I can just rock u!!!

Hey, hey, hey

She got the top down, zippin round (Hey now)
I've got my drive by pullin out (I’m down)
We can do it with the lights out (I want some more lovin)
Oh, won't u tell me now, tell me now
Oh mama, tell me now, tell me now
If I can love u pretty girl
Take your time, speed it up
I wanna lil time 2 ride u, if it’s cool
U can bring your friends 2
If I can just rock u!!!

Hey, hey, hey

Tell me now what u want!
Tell me now, tell me now!
Tell me now what u want!

Top down, bumpin out
Hey now
Try to get enough of that sound
Sound runnin round
Take a chance, live it up, rub it down,
Lick it up, fluff it good, play around
I'm down!

Hey, hey, hey

Oh, she got the top down zippin round
I've got my drive-by pullin out
We can do it like a drive thru
And I'll super size it just 4 u
Oh mama, tell me now, tell me now
If I can love u pretty girl
Take your time, speed it up
I wanna lil time 2 ride u
I can do the dirty things u want me 2
If I can just rock u!!!

Hey, hey, hey

Tell me now, tell me now!
Tell me now what u want!

Tell Me U Luv Me

Written By: Nick Young

I turn around
But you’re not where I thought I saw U last
I hear a sound
Your voice calling me back from my past

Tell Me U Luv Me

We dance real close
In my dreams we sway as we hold hands
4 real Lucille
U got 2 know I long 2 be your man

Tell Me U Luv Me

We live in times of wars we didn't make
Wipe away that sad and lonely face
I can feel it all accelerate
We try 2 find the dirty words 2 say

Tell Me U Luv Me

We dance real close
2 the beat under the starry sky
4 real, Lucille
Ride away with me into this night

Tell Me U Luv Me

We live in times of wars we didn't make
Wipe away that sad and lonely face
You and I, off 2 celebrate
Our lives begin, one kiss will seal our fate

Tell me, tell me, tell me...

Discography

A.i. - Artificial Intelligence, DreamWorks Records, August 2002
A.i. - Sex & Robots, A.i. Music, September 2007

Set List

Our current set features 5 - 8 songs from both albums, as well as a couple of fun cover songs.

Hey Now!
Tell Me U Luv Me
Goodbye Horses (Q Lazzarus cover)
Airline 2 Happiness
Laughter
C'mon C'mon
Forever
I Will Follow (U2 cover)
Caught N' Da Fire

We are also currently performing covers of Tears for Fears hit "Shout."